Bullfighting is the most popular event in Madrid, and Spain, and by far the most controversial. It has been called the most important Spanish national festival, that gives identity to Spanish people or as a gruesome bloody and senseless butchery.

It is very old festival. Its origins are in Rome when Julius Caesar introduced in the Roman arena the duel between the bull and the warrior . The warrior fough the bull using a sword and a shield or just his hands to dominate the bull by the horns. Some consider that Ancient Greek killing of the minotaur was a form of bullfighting.

In Spain, bullfighting can be traced back in the 17th century and 18th century. In 1701, during the celebration of Felipe V’s crowning ceremony, the “toreo de capote”, as we know it today, was introduced .

If you are interested in attending a bullfight, Madrid houses the most important bullring of the world: the Plaza de Toros de la Venta. Built in 1929, la Plaza de Toros de la Venta is located in the east of Madrid. You can take the metro to Las Ventas Station, a taxi or the red buses that stop by the Plaza.

Bullfighting season begins in March and ends in December. There are bullfights every day during the San Isidro Fair and every Sunday or holiday during the remaining season. The shows begin at 6 or 7 pm and they are two to three hours long.

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